China Loan Demand Declined in 3Q - PBOC Survey

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

BEIJING--Demand for new loans from China's businesses softened in the third quarter, suggesting that entrepreneurs remain pessimistic about growth in the world's second largest economy, a central bank survey showed on Friday. An index measuring bankers' assessment of loan demand ...

New York City Jobless Rate Falls to 7.3%

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Keiko Morris The unemployment rate in New York City fell to its lowest level in more than five years in August as the city added jobs in industries that usually pay healthy salaries, such as financial services and manufacturing. ...

Japan Downgrades Assessment of Economy

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

TOKYO--Japan downgraded its overall assessment of the economy in September for the first time in five months, as poor summer weather weighed on consumption, raising further questions over the viability of pushing ahead with a second sales-tax increase after the ...

Scotland 'No' Vote Opens Path to Further Devolution

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Jason Douglas and Jenny Gross EDINBURGH--Now that it appears Scotland won't be leaving the U.K., the real work begins. Prime Minister David Cameron and senior politicians from the U.K.'s main political parties have pledged to transfer more tax and ...

British Pound Rises as Early Scottish Vote Results Show Support for U.K.

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Ira Iosebashvili, Rebecca Howard and Anjani Trivedi HONG KONG--The British pound rose sharply against the U.S. dollar Friday and hit its highest levels in years against the euro and yen as early results from Scotland's independence referendum suggested support ...

Scottish Vote Echoes Far and Wide

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

By Nicholas Winning, Matt Moffett and Jenny Gross Scotland's independence referendum has generated a political shock that will have long-term implications for how the U.K. is governed and is already reverberating across Europe and the world. Whether it won or ...

British Pound Rises as Survey Shows More Leaning Toward U.K.

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 19, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand--The British pound rose sharply against the dollar in early Asia after a postelection survey of Scottish voters showed them leaning toward staying in the U.K. and initial results were pro-union. The pound climbed against the U.S. dollar ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Extends Gains; Pound Wobbles As Scots Go To Polls

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. dollar pushed higher across the board, hitting a fresh six-year high against the yen in Asia, while the British pound found trading choppy as polling opened in Scotland for the closely ...

New Zealand GDP Beats Expectations But Dairy Weighs

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Rebecca Howard WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand's economy continued to expand in the second quarter but the pace of growth slowed as agriculture, forestry and mining output eased. Gross domestic product rose 0.7% on the quarter in the three months ...

China PBOC Cuts 14-Day Repo Rate to 3.50%

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

SHANGHAI--China's central bank cut its 14-day repurchase agreement rate offered Thursday by 20 basis points, guiding market rates lower, after it kept the rate at 3.70% since it resumed offering the 14-day tool late July. "It's the central bank's alternative ...

Sweden Raises Estimate of Second-Quarter Growth

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Charles Duxbury STOCKHOLM--Sweden bumped up its estimate for second-quarter growth Thursday, saying higher domestic consumption and fixed investments helped the economy to expand more than previously thought. Sweden's statistics agency said gross domestic product rose 0.7% on the quarter, ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Gain; Jobless Claims Drop

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures were modestly higher on Thursday, as investors cheered China's efforts to boost economic growth as wells as upbeat jobs data. However, weakness in U.S. housing may ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Extends Gains; Pound Choppy As Scots Go To Polls

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. dollar pushed higher across the board, hitting a fresh six-year high against the yen, while the British pound found trading choppy as polling opened in Scotland for the closely watched referendum ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Gain; Jobless Claims Drop

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, sending the S&P; 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average above their previous closing highs. Investors cheered China's efforts to boost economic growth, while ...

U.S. Housing Starts Fall in August

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

WASHINGTON-U.S. home construction fell last month after surging to a post-recession high in July, a sign of choppy progress in the housing market. Housing starts fell 14.4% in August from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ...

Russian Economy Minister Sees Growth Inching Up in Rest of 2014

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Alexander Kolyandr MOSCOW--Russia economy minister expects the country's economy to grow by between 0.1% and 0.2% in the remaining months of 2014. Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting Thursday Alexei Ulyukayev said Russia's economy added 0.7% in the first ...

U.S. Fixed Mortgage Rates Rise in Latest Week -- Freddie Mac

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

By Tess Stynes Average fixed mortgage rates in the U.S. rose in the latest week, marking the largest one-week increase this year, according to Freddie Mac (FMCC). Fixed mortgage rates also reached the highest level since the week ended May ...

Press Release: Philadelphia Fed Survey Reports -2-

TODAY: Sept. 19, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 18, 2014

Employees 9.1 25.7 69.8 4.5 21.2 24.7 43.6 46.7 4.0 39.6 --------------- --------- -------- ------ -------- --------- --------- -------- ------ -------- --------- Average Employee Workweek 13.3 18.9 66.6 14.5 4.4 17.8 24.4 52.8 15.5 8.9 --------------- --------- -------- ------ -------- ...